Week 48 : 27th November – 3rd December 1966

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • November 28th – The Soyuz program began in the Soviet Union with the unmanned launch of a new series of space vehicles. In order to disguise the mission’s true purpose, the launch was initially referred to as Kosmos 133. Fifty years later, Soyuz rockets continue to be flown, by the Russian Space Agency, as a shuttle to the International Space Station.
  • November 29th – Twenty-four centuries after his death in 479 BCE, the tomb of the Chinese philosopher Confucius was destroyed by members of the Red Guards in Qufu, in China’s Shandong Province. The teachings of Confucius had come under criticism during the Cultural Revolution as a symbol of China’s feudal past. The students destroyed his statue and a memorial tablet, then dug up his grave “only to find nothing inside it”.
  • November 30th – Barbados was granted independence from the United Kingdom after 341 years. Present at the flag raising ceremonies in Bridgetown, were Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, appearing on behalf of his cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, and Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Prime Minister Errol Barrow said that he wanted his Caribbean island nation to be the first British Commonwealth Member to join the Organization of American States.
  • December 1st – No. 1 in the UK charts was Tom Jones’ The Green Green Grass of Home.
  • December 2nd – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Rhodesian Prime minister Ian Smith met for negotiations on board the British warship HMS Tiger in the Mediterranean. After Smith’s return, the Rhodesian government rejected the “Tiger Pact” proposed by the British, who had set a deadline of noon on December 5 for an answer. Among the British demands was a return of control of the armed forces and the police to Sir Humphrey Gibbs, and his restoration as Governor of the colony, as well as a dissolution of the Rhodesian parliament.
  • December 3rd – Following a lunch hosted by the French Diplomatic Press Association in Paris, visiting Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin answered the questions of reporters in a press conference. One reporter asked Kosygin about whether the Soviet Union would allow Soviet Jews to emigrate to Israel, and Kosygin replied that, “If there are some families divided by the war who want to meet their relatives outside the USSR or even to leave the USSR, we shall do all in our power to help them. The way is open to them and will remain open and there is no problem.” Kosygin’s statement was reprinted in Izvestia two days later (albeit without the statement that the government would do all in its power to help), and hundreds of Soviet Jews filed applications to depart.

But here’s what’s happening in the centre of Peggy’s Universe:-

Sunday 27th November 1966
Gillian seems to have started a cold – very sorry for herself first thing but she cheered up and went to Sunday School. Cyril has had a hard day putting in the bulbs up the back and preparing the front beds.

Monday 28th November 1966
Driving Lesson
Lesson went off quite well. I did some turns in the road. Thank goodness it wasn’t foggy or wet. Gillian had a day in bed today – coughing a bit. I came home early and brought all my work with me.

Tuesday 29th November 1966
Cyril went to Cardiff this morning – had a lift up with Dennis. Worked until 1pm, Mrs Daniels gave me a lift home and back again at 2pm. Joan rang – said Tim is going home on Saturday. Oh I do so hope this has cured him.

Wednesday 30th November 1966
Gillian went to Tina’s party after school. Cyril was home in time to pick us up from school. Bitterly cold today.

Thursday 1st December 1966
Haven’t been writing up – too busy working!!! Not much time for anything else! Pay day – with bonus £1-13-4!!

Friday 2nd December 1966
Rushed off to Esher – banked and shopped. Very heavy load to carry home – then I went up to the village again before school. Did some washing this evening.

Saturday 3rd December 1966
Cheese & Wine Party
Ironed early. We went to Walton and collected my pearls and shopped. I went to the Village Centre to help prepare the Cheese & Wine party. Had a very good evening. Sue and Dick sat in. We were back at 12:15am – after the sitters left, we (and Leonard and Mary, who had been with us) finished up at Denis and Alma’s until 2:30am.!!



Week 47 : 20th – 26th November 1966

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • November 20th – Cabaret, one of the most popular musicals on Broadway, opened at the Broadhurst Theatre. In its initial run, the Tony Award winning Kander and Ebb production would have 1,165 performances. A 1998 revival would be staged 2,377 times.
  • November 20th – In what would later be described as, “the first instance of a spacecraft imaging an archaeological site on the Moon”, Lunar Orbiter 2 photographed Ranger 8 and its impact point in Mare Tranquillitatis (“The Sea of Tranquility”). The photographs of “Blair Cuspids”, “an unusual arrangement of seven spirelike objects of varying heights” at the western edge of the Mare Tranquillitatis was cited in pseudo-science as the product of extraterrestrial intelligence. Reactions to the photo varied.
  • November 22nd – A terrorist bomb exploded in the baggage compartment of an Aden Airways DC-3 airplane in the Federation of South Arabia. The plane reached an altitude of 6,000 feet when the bomb exploded. All 25 passengers and the crew of three were killed, including the apparent target of an assassination, Amir Mohammed bin Said, the deputy ruler of the Sultanate of Wahidi.
  • November 24th – The Beatles began recording their classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, starting with “Strawberry Fields Forever”.
  • November 24th – UK Unemployment sees a small rise to 531,585.
  • November 25th – Due to an ongoing smog event, New York City was placed under a “first-stage alert” by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller because of heavy air pollution that had been held over the metropolitan area by a stagnant air mass. Residents were ordered to drive “only when necessary”, to maintain minimum temperatures in all buildings heated by oil or coal, to avoid open fires and to not run incinerators until the alert ended. The days of smog were later credited with causing 169 additional deaths in New York City.

But here’s what’s happening in the centre of Peggy’s Universe:-

Sunday 20th November 1966
Gillian enjoyed a lie-in with Joan until 10am!! We had coffee with Phyl. Tim rang – sounded sad. He has to go into hospital tomorrow. We saw Joan through London Airport. She rang at 6:30pm from Moreton-in-the-Marsh.

Monday 21st November 1966
Driving Lesson
Got on quite well – did my 3-point turn and some traffic work and put in for my test. Had to do some work at home this evening. Joan rang – nothing to report on Tim yet.

Tuesday 22nd November 1966
Worked am & pm – didn’t feel like going to Young Wives – but I made it along with eight others! We did some play reading. Joan rang while I was out. Tim comfortable.

Peggy's tried and tested recipe for Christmas Puds.

Peggy’s tried and tested recipe for Christmas Puds.

Wednesday 23rd November 1966
Joan rang – Tim had the radium needles inserted – but x-rays showed them to be in the wrong place – so it has to be done again. Wrote to Dad and Mur. Mixed the Christmas puds.

Thursday 24th November 1966
Very foggy all day. Not feeling at my best today. Don’t know if I’m tired or what – I do feel weary. Did some baking when we got home from school. New shop in village rather pricey.

Friday 25th November 1966
12:45 Dental – me
Mr Ross just filled one tooth – I was able to catch the five past one bus to Esher. Shopped in the rain. Very tired! No sooner home than out again to meet children. Joan rang – Tim comfortable.

Saturday 26th November 1966
What a spend this morning! We went to Walton and I bought three dresses for me and one for Gill!! Then after lunch to Claygate where I bought a pair of ‘moddy’ black shoes costing £4:0:8! Joan rang – Tim wasn’t so uncomfortable today. Made the Christmas cake.


Week 46 : 13th – 19th November 1966

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • November 13th – Tanks of the Israeli Army swept across the border from Israel and attacked towns located in Jordan. Jordan’s ambassador to the United Nations told reporters that 13 Jordanian soldiers and 13 civilians had been killed in the attack, which came the day after four Israeli Army personnel had been killed by a land mine on their side of the border. Prime Minister Levi Eshkol of Israel said later, “We trust that the lesson will not go unheeded in Damascus.”
  • November 15th – Gemini 12, with James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin on board, splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean, 600 km east of the Bahamas, bringing an end to the Gemini program and making way for the Apollo manned program set to land on the Moon. Both Aldrin and Lovell would fly on Apollo missions.
  • November 17th – Don’t Drink the Water, the first full-length play by comedian Woody Allen, premiered on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre. After a run of 598 performances on stage, it would be made into a 1969 feature film and later as a 1994 made-for-television movie.
  • November 17th – Born: Jeff Buckley, American singer-songwriter (died 1997), son of Tim Buckley, in Anaheim, California.
  • November 18th – Roman Catholics in the United States would no longer be required to abstain from meat on Fridays, as a national conference of Roman Catholic cardinals, archbishops and bishops voted in Washington to revoke a requirement of abstinence that had been in effect for 11 centuries.
  • November 18th – U.S. Air Force Major William J. Knight flew the North American X-15 to a record speed of Mach 6.33 (4,250 mph). Major Knight began the flight after he had climbed to an altitude of 98,000 feet, and covered a distance of 637 miles in nine minutes.

But here’s what’s happening in the centre of Peggy’s Universe:-

Sunday 13th November 1966
Damp and miserable day. Children to Sunday School. Cyril washed both cars – then re-covered a bedroom stool so he has had quite a day. Joan rang.

Monday 14th November 1966
Driving Lesson.
Went for my lesson and did some reversing round corners! Very bust at the office – brought some work home this evening. Cyril working on the Christmas present!!

Tuesday 15th November 1966
PTA 8pm
Worked all day. Doris wants us to go to Welling on Saturday, but if Joan comes we won’t be able to. Committee meeting wasn’t very interesting.

Wednesday 16th November 1966
Worked all day again. Getting some hours in Mr Murray decided to help me and now I’m in a worse muddle than ever. Philip unhappy this PM – says there is something in his eye. Have shampooed and coloured my hair.

Thursday 17th November 1966
Cyril to Cardiff
Bad news from Joan that Tim has to go into hospital again for radium needle treatment. She sounded very depressed tonight. I have worked very hard this evening. Washed and polished floors – helped Gill make a gonk. It’s nearly midnight and I’m not ready for bed yet!

Friday 18th November 1966
Worked until one – then took the bus to Esher and did all the shopping. My poor aching arms! Home at ten to three – then out to meet children. On the way home we met Joan and went straight to the station to meet Cyril!

Saturday 19th November 1966
News of Tim isn’t good – Joan isn’t looking well – but we made the most of our day out! At Kingston at 9am (found I had left all my money at home! Fortunately Joan was loaded!!) We shopped and ate and shopped and ate! 4:30pm when we picked the car up. Parking cost 6/-!!! Both very weary by bedtime. I wrapped all my Worcester Christmas presents for Joan to take back.

Week 45 : 6th November – 12th November 1966

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Around the world this week in 1966:-

  • November 6th – Lunar Orbiter 2 was launched by the United States from Cape Kennedy at 6:21 p.m. local time. After initially orbiting at 122 miles (196 kilometers) above the surface, the probe was guided to a lower orbit of only 30 miles (50 km) over the Moon by November 15, and during the week of November 18 to November 25, took 609 high resolution photographs of landing sites.
  • November 8th Born: Gordon Ramsay, Scottish chef, restaurateur and television host, known for the Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares shows; in Johnstone, Renfrewshire.
  • November 9th – John Lennon of The Beatles first met Yoko Ono, a 33-year old Japanese conceptual artist, at the Indica Gallery in London, where her work was being featured in an exhibit sponsored by art dealer Robert “Groovy Bob” Fraser. Within two years, Lennon would divorce his wife of six years, Cynthia, and would marry Ono on March 20, 1969, prior to the group’s break-up in 1970.
  • November 11th – Generalissimo Francisco Franco issued a general pardon to all persons who had been convicted of political crimes during the Spanish Civil War, declaring an amnesty for those Spanish residents who had been with the Republicans. It was unclear whether the amnesty extended to tens of thousands of Republican fighters who had gone into exile after Franco became Spain’s leader.
  • November 11th – After several postponements, Gemini 12, the last of the Gemini manned space missions, was launched from Florida’s Cape Kennedy with U.S. Navy Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., and U.S. Air Force Major Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr who would later be the second man on the Moon.
  • November 12th – A total solar eclipse took place, and was observed by scientists in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil. For the first time, photos of the eclipse were taken from outer space as Edwin Aldrin made photographs while the cockpit was open on Gemini 12.

But here’s what matters to Peggy and the family:-

Sunday 6th November 1966
Very tired this morning. Had a lie-in until 8:30am! Been working hard ever since. Cyril seems a bit of a misery today – he has a swollen ankle so I think it must be painful. Miserable, wet day.

Monday 7th November 1966
Beautiful Spring like day. I was up early and did my ironing before breakfast. Spoke to Maggie this evening, and to Joan. Cyril cleaning up Philip’s Christmas present! Worked this afternoon.


Gill’s Christmas present was an ITT Stereopack portable record player and speakers. The speakers clipped to the body to form a lid.

Tuesday 8th November 1966
Driving Lesson 2pm
My instructor said he was very pleased with my driving today. I hope he was – I didn’t think I did very well. Cyril bought Gill’s Christmas present today – a record player! Went to Young Wives – not terribly exciting.

Wednesday 9th November 1966
2pm Mary Morgan’s
Didn’t get much work done today as Mr Murray and I had the Kalamazoo men in. Cyril was home before me but I got away to Mary Morgan’s on time. Very cold today.

Thursday 10th November 1966
The new suite arrived just as I got home at lunch time – nice timing. Cyril is furious as the casters have all been put on in a very shoddy manner – one fell off! Played badminton this afternoon. Joan rang.

Friday 11th November 1966
Philip surprised us by being unwell this morning – he looked very off so I left him in bed. As it happened, I had a dental at 12:15 so came home about 11:25 – out again at 12! The manager from Courts came out and re-did the casters.

Saturday 12th November 1966
Philip to Estella’s party.
Gill to ballet at Dorking.
Me to Ruth’s
Cyril did the shopping. Philip seems to have recovered – he was singing at 6am! Cyril took Mary, Phyl and I to South Wimbledon – we had quite a good time helping Ruth and Co. I was ‘cashier’ in the ‘teas’ department. Gillian enjoyed the ballet. She had tea with the Leyshons afterwards, so Cyril had a quiet afternoon. I was home at 6:25pm. Leonard picked us up at Wimbledon. Played Canasta.